(Dec. 6) Preliminary estimates indicate that this year’s recently harvested walnut crop weighs in at 320,000 tons, according to a news release from the Walnut Marketing Board, Folsom, Calif.

The crop is of exceptional quality with good color and high-quality kernels, the release said.

Although this season’s crop could be 8% less than last year’s, California walnut production has increased by 65% since 1992, according to the marketing board.